Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Tom Ryan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Guitarra En Español 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Guitarra En Español 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

A bilingual experience building repertoire in Latin music. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla el repertorio de la música latina.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Mastering Chord Vocabulary

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerpicking 1 Skills

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday, Thursday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Sinatra on Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Jazz Guitar 2

Advanced

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's get melodic

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Advanced

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let's develop soloing skills over classic repertoire.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Session 3 will be the 1930's Country Blues in the Depression.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Fingerstyle Jukebox

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Let your fingers do the singing

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Advanced

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Dan's Rhythm Method

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Lone Star lcks from A-Z

Fingerstyle Guitar of Jim Croce

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Michael Henson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Going Electric: Part 1 Turn It Up

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Going Electric: Part 2 Pedals and The Electronic Guitarist

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn to create sounds and apply them to songs and jams.

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Jazz Guitar 4ever

AdvancedNew!

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

3 Kings of the Blues

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

BB, Freddy and Albert

Open Tuning 101

IntermediateNew!

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Scales With Colors

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/29/2018 – 12/23/2018

Monday 09/24/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/08/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/10/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

Monday 11/19/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration


Teachers

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